Inspired by Sonia Singh’s Tree Change Dolls, Wendy Tsao, artist and founder of Child’s Own Studio, created a series of madeunder and restyled Mighty Dolls. Tsao took dolls fashioned after glamorous fictional characters (such as Disney princesses and Bratz dolls) and transformed them into young versions of real people that girls and young women can look up to. Tsao wanted a way for children to see and learn stories about courageous, smart, strong real women. For example, she has a young Frida Kahlo (Mexican painter), Jane Goodall (British primatologist), Waris Dirie (Somali model, author, activist), Roberta Bondar (first Canadian female astronaut), JK Rowling (British author of Harry Potter series), and Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate).
Princess Awesome makes colorful clothes for girls featuring designs referencing science, dinosaurs, trains, pirates, math, and more. Princess Awesome was started by Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair, mothers frustrated with the lack of diverse options available in girls clothing sections of mainstream stores, who believe that “if a girl likes purple and also likes trucks, she should be able to wear a purple truck dress. And if a girl likes princesses and also aliens, then an alien princess skirt is for her.” What began as a home project in 2013 has been funded by people through Kickstarter, and as of 2015 is continuing to expand with new designs and factory production.
This preview is of the short film “Sanjay’s Super Team” that premieres before Disney/Pixar’s 2015 movie, The Good Dinosaur. Inspired and directed by Pixar Animation Studios artist Sanjay Patel’s experiences growing up as the child of Indian immigrants in California, this short film features the story of a boy and father learning to appreciate and balance Indian and American cultures. The preview opens with a young Sanjay watching cartoons and being beckoned by his father to join him in Hindu meditation and prayer.
Schoolhouse Rock was an American animated musical educational show that was originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s. “Great American Melting Pot” was aired in 1977, written by Lynn Ahrens and Lori Lieberman. It tells the story of immigration from the Old World of Europe to the New World of the United States. It suggests that immigrants of different backgrounds have come together in America, bringing with them their own traditions and values, but ultimately becoming part of one “Great American Melting Pot.” The chorus sings: “Lovely Lady Liberty/With her book of recipes/And the finest one she's got/Is the great American melting pot.”
This video, produced by the European Commission in 2012, was part of a campaign to get young women interested in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Although the campaign might have been well-intentioned, the video stirred plenty of controversy due to its portrayal of women in science. It was quickly taken off the European Commission’s website.